Jim Cairns

The Driver

"Man behind the wheel"

Rex Baker

The Mechanic

Master of the "Patch ups"

Terry Mader

Participated in The Ride

Terry wearing red car racing suit Terry during The Ride

About Terry's Accident

Date May 1982

After dominating BMX in Western Australia's south-west, I thought it was time to get into motocross. My mother bought me a year-old RM 125 from friends, and I started training hard on motocross tracks and local tracks. I rode every day. I even did a Jeff Leisk motocross school. We were on holiday in Collie (and of course I demanded we take the bike) and I was practicing around a pretty cool track some locals made in the bush. Somehow I ran wide on a turn and went down a hole and got thrown over the handlebars. I got knocked out and woke up paralyzed.

Level of Injury


Occupation before Accident

Year 10 at school (I was 15)

Occupations after

  • Disabled Sport Administrator (WADSA)
  • Then eventually went to University (Curtin) to study commerce
  • Banker - ING Barings (Investment bank)
  • Finance & Strategy - UPC (A European Foxtel)

Occupation now

I am working hard on my company (co2smart.com.au). We want to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles by large fleet operators. We will be running a trial starting at end of year with 10 electric vehicles running around Perth for 2 years. Transport generates 14% of all CO2 emissions, and electric vehicles recharged with solar, wind or other clean source can reduce that to zero.

Partner & Children

  • Wife: Nicoletter van Dijk
  • Kids: Brookleyn (6), Terry Jnr (3), Nikki (6 mths)

Current Hobbies


Other personal points of interest

I lived in Holland for 16 years and only returned in October 2008. The family loves it here, maybe we stay...

Terry Mader racing wheelchair

Make my day, don't take my bay!

Our current adventure...

Australasian Safari

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